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Vibraphonist Performs at Spring Lake District Library

SPRING LAKE -- Professional jazz vibraphonist Jim Cooper will be performing at the Spring Lake District Library on Sunday, Nov. 14 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The public is invited to enjoy jazz tunes performed on the vibraphone and learn about the music of other great jazz vibraphonists. 

For those who may be unfamiliar with the vibraphone, it is a percussion instrument that resembles a xylophone, but has metal bars, resonators driven by motors, and a sustain pedal like a piano. Cooper utilizes both his piano and drum skills when playing the vibraphone. 

Cooper will talk about jazz vibraphone greats like Lionel Hampton, Milt Jackson, Cal Tjader, and Gary Burton  and play some of their best know songs like Bag's Groove, Flying Home, Little B's Poem, and Falling Grace during this free performance. 

For more information about this program, call the library at (616) 846-5770, ext.

Central Park Players present Little Shop of Horrors

October 15-17, 21-24, & 28-30 - Grand Haven Community Center

Book and Lyrics by Howard Ashman
Music by Alan Menken 
Based on the film by Roger Corman, screenplay by Charles Griffith

Directed by Dave Reigler

A down-and out skid row floral assistant becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious craving for fresh blood.

Loutit District Library to host author Kim Douglas

GRAND HAVEN, Michigan – Loutit District Library is partnering with the Center for Women in Transition to present author Kim Douglas on October 19 at 7:00 p.m. in the library’s Program Rooms A and B.

Her book, High Desert, is a courageous, gripping, and deeply personal auto-biographical account that offers one person's experience of growing up in an abusive home and learning to rely on her faith and spiritual beliefs to heal and grow in ways that go beyond traditional twelve-step programs and other approaches.

Copies of this book will be available for purchase and signing at the program. For more information call 616-84205560, ext. 212 or visit www.loutitlibrary.org.

Loutit District Library is located at 407 Columbus Avenue in Grand Haven, Michigan.

Accordionist performs at Spring Lake District Library

SPRING LAKE, Michigan-Accordionist Michael Schaeffer will be performing Sunday, October, 10 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Spring Lake District Library. Schaeffer will play a variety of music during the free presentation including French and Italian favorites like La Vien Rose and Torna A Sorrento, as well as Tango, Gypsy, and some original compositions. 

Schaeffer is a talented artist and musician whose home base is Grand Rapids, Michigan. He also plays the piano and began playing the accordion because of its portability and versatility.  You can learn more about Schaeffer’s art and music by visiting his website, www.michaeltheaccordionist.com.

For more information about this program call the library at (616) 846-5770, ext. 107. The library is located at 123 E. Exchange Street, Spring Lake.

Book discussion to be held at Loutit District Library October 14

GRAND HAVEN, Michigan - Join Loutit District Library’s Adult Services Librarian Mary Kay Moran for this month's seasonally appropriate book discussion on Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by author Katherine Howe on October 14 at 7:00 p.m. in Program Room B.

This selection is a spellbinding, vividly detailed, witty, and astutely plotted story deeply rooted in the author's connection to accused seventeenth-century witches Elizabeth Howe and Elizabeth Proctor and propelled by an illuminating view of witchcraft. In all a keen and magical historical mystery laced with romance and sly digs at society’s persistent underestimation of women.

For more information call 616-842-5560, ext. 216 or visit www.loutitlibrary.org.

Loutit District Library is located at 407 Columbus Avenue in Grand Haven, Michigan.

Aspects of Astrology

How can the date, time, and place of your birth help guide you when making life decisions? The public is invited to learn more about the ancient art of astrology: is it hokum of a little understood resource?  Join astrologer Mary Trumpfheller for a closer looke at the art and science of astrology on Tuesday, Oct. 12 at 7:00 p.m. at Spring Lake District Library. 

For more information, call the library at (616) 846-5770, ext. 107.  The library is located at 123 E. Exchange Street in Spring Lake.

Loutit District Library to host program on Poor Farm

GRAND HAVEN, Michigan – A forerunner of Social Security, the Ottawa County Poor Farm in Polkton Township, has supported those unable to live independently for 144 years. A vulnerable population, many died at the farm.

Loutit District Library present Grand Haven native Margie Viveen on October 14 as she explores the triumphs and tribulations of their lives and their fate in death. Her presentation comes on the heels of the July 2009 dedication of the rediscovered and renewed Poor Farm Cemetery, an initiative she chaired.

This free program will be held in the library’s Program Room A at 7:00 p.m. For more information call 616-842-5560, ext. 225 or visit www.loutitlibrary.org.

Loutit District Library is located at 407 Columbus Avenue in Grand Haven, Michigan.